Ellen Casagrande, the center's education director, said a new kiln is the top priority for organizers of the Fourth Annual Souper Bowl Saturday, a fund-raiser for the center's ceramics department.
"We'll also use the money for ceramic scholarships and monthly magazines and books for the ceramics department," she said.
As in years past, the Souper Bowl will offer a lunch of soup and bread and a soup bowl to take home. The event will begin 11 a.m. Saturday at the arts center, 200 W. Ninth St.
Organizers hope to raise about $1,600, Casagrande said. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to LINK (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen).
Two kinds of soup -- a hearty meat-based type and a vegetarian variety -- are being donated by Hy-Vee. Great Harvest Bread Company will provide several kinds of bread.
Casagrande and ceramics instructor Scott Garrette said students at the arts center and artists in the community have made about 300 bowls for the event. Clay was donated by Bracker's Good Earth Clays.
More than 100 people participate in ceramics classes each session at the arts center, Casagrande said. The department has two regular kilns and a raku kiln, which was built with money from a previous Souper Bowl.
-- Features-arts editor Jan Biles can be reached at 832-7146.